Dr. Andreas Schlumberger was recruited as Liverpool’s new head of recovery and performance last month to occupy a newly created role to work with the rest of the club’s medical staff. His background boasts an illustrious lists of Bundesliga giants including Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Nurnberg.
And Jurgen Klopp has a history of working with him during his time at Dortmund. The gaffer has subsequently sung his praises following his move to Anfield.
“Yes, if you would ask people in Germany, in this area – rehab, performance, recovery – he is No.1 in Germany,” said Klopp.
“I know it for years. We studied at the same university so I have followed his way all the way through, then we worked together for a few years at Dortmund. He went to Bayern, worked for Gladbach, worked for Schalke, worked before that for Nurnberg – and for the German FA as well for the national teams. All that stuff. His CV is just incredible, absolutely incredible.
“Recovery, rehab, performance is always an area where medicine and science are just not there yet. That’s normal; 20 years ago it was a catastrophe compared to today. In the moment, we are in a really good place but it is not finished – the development is not finished, so the knowledge is not finished.
“My understanding is, how can you develop in these areas? You bring the best people together, let them discuss about different cases and then make a common decision and go from there. That’s why I thought it makes absolute sense to bring him in.
“It’s nothing to do really with me personally; yes, we know each other but it’s nothing to do with that. It was, for me, a chance for the club to bring in an outstanding person with an incredible knowledge about very important things in football. And that’s why he’s here.”
And it really does seem like an ideal moment to bring in an expert like Schlumberger considering our ongoing injury crisis. Particularly the knowledge gained from working with famously fit teams like Bayern Munich could be valuable while working with Klopp’s high-energy Liverpool side.